[CIVIL WAR]. Circular signed in type by Brig. Gen. Taylor regarding desertion of soldiers from 9th Battalion LA Partisan Rangers.

1p, M. Heuman, Printer. This is the only known imprint by this printer according to Parrish & Willingham.

Printed, 1p, 7.5 x 11 in., Camp Dick Garnett, April 16, 1864, Headquarters S.W. Miss & E. La. "On the night of the 11th inst. a number of men, claiming to be Soldiers and members of the 9th Battalion, La. Partisan Rangers, did shamefully desert their command in the face of the enemy and cowardly leave their comrades,... Desertion is punished with death even among our enemies,... but he who ignominiously deserts his Countrymen...most justly merits and receives the curses and approbium of all good men and true patriots.

"To such deserters and absentees as may return within ten (10) days from the date of this circular, permission will be granted to return to duty in their respective companies. --All who remain absent beyond that time will be published as deserters and if possible, arrested and tried for desertion by a General Court-martial soon to be convened in this District."

General Richard "Dick" Taylor was the son of Zachary Taylor and former brother-in-law of Jefferson Davis (whose first wife was Dick's sister, Sarah). Although Taylor did not have formal military training, he did volunteer to act as ADC for his father in Mexico and was a student of military history while at Yale. He was initially asked by Braxton Bragg to be a civilian unpaid aide-de-camp, but in fairly short order was elected Colonel of the 9th Louisiana, in part because of his connections to Davis. General Taylor had rheumatoid arthritis, making field service difficult at best on occasion. Yet he was given some of the roughest units in the Confederacy, such as Major Chatham Roberdeau Wheat's "Louisiana Tiger" Battalion, one of the most undisciplined units in the Confederate Army by most accounts. It is no wonder he occasionally had to bring down the hammer, as this circular notes. (One wonders, however, if such soldiers understood the "approbium received for such ignominious behaviors.") The situation got worse everywhere as the Confederacy ran out of supplies. Confederate soldiers began surrendering in order to get food and even clothes. Taylor likely had to deal with multiple factors by 1864.


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